Hungary is helping Somalia, Nigeria, Israel and India to evacuate their citizens from Ukraine, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced on his social media platforms on Thursday.
In a Facebook post, Szijjártó revealed that foreign ministry colleagues from “all over the world” are seeking the help of Hungary with their own evacuation plans.
“However, most of the efforts are made to evacuate Indians stuck in Ukraine, about 20,000 of whom were there before the war, most of them are university students,” Szijjártó wrote.
“Since Saturday, 1,988 Indian students have traveled home from Budapest on nine flights and in the next few days we will help in returning about 3,000 students,” the foreign minister revealed, adding that his Indian counterparts had spoken with “the highest recognition about the work of Hungarian state institutions and volunteers.”
Since the beginning of the conflict on Feb. 24, more than 131,000 people have arrived from Ukraine to Hungary, making it the second largest recipient country of refugees after Poland.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday that all refugees arriving from Ukraine will be cared for and revealed that the government had already asked the country’s largest companies to provide employment to those who wish to remain in Hungary.